Daily Elvis: April 17

Give us this day, our daily Elvis

April 17, 1924

Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM).


Tupelo, Mississippi



Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee

April 17, 1952

Elvis Presley was hired by the Lowe’s State Theater; he would work there for 5 weeks until getting into a fight with another usher over a girl working the candy stand.




Fats Domino‘s “Ain’t That a Shame” is released on Imperial Records. It will rise to the top of the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the Pop chart, becoming the first of 37 Top 40 hits The Fat Man will have over the next eight years.

Elvis and Gene Smith flew to Waco, Texas, while the band went by car. Elvis performed at the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Waco. Elvis drove out on the field and up to the stage in his Cadillac. Later he told a local reporter the his fame ” happened so fast, I’m scared. You know, I could go out like a light, just like I came on.”

Elvis Gives Out With Crazy COOL Interview

Waco News-Tribune Staff

Shortly before he was to go on stage at the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Elvis Presley, the new 21-year-old king of the nation’s rock n’ roll set, sat in a darkened Cadillac limousine for an interview—well hidden from the sight of nearly 4,000 screaming squealing teen-agers who were on hand to welcome him Tuesday night.
All the hep cats were there and not enough fuzz (cops).
Out in the stands and on the floor, his audience of idolizing teen-agers did all but hiss and boo to rid the stage of a group of other hillbilly entertainers and bring Presley out behind the microphone that he handles more like a limp blonde than a mechanical gadget.
Still Elvis made them wait. . . and he stared out at them, half scared and half unbelieving.
Then with some sort of spasmodic movement, he turned to talk about himself.
“What do you want to know about me, honey?”
“Elvis, have you any idea at all about just what it was that started the girls going crazy over you?”
“No, I don’t. I guess it’s just some thing God gave me. I believe that, you know. Know what I mean, honey? And I am grateful. Only I’m afraid. I’m afraid I’ll go out like a light, just like I came on. Know what l mean, honey?”
Presley has a way with that “honey” business. When he talks, he looks straight ahead, or sort of dreamy like in no direction at all. Then he turns with that “know what I mean, honey?” His face is close, real close. Right in your face — almost.
“When do you start making your first movie, Elvis?” {Everybody calls him Elvis.)
“Oh, early in June, I think, because . . .” At this point he stopped talking and stared ahead into the crowd. He squinted his eyes, jerked up a pencil (which had no lead} and began scribbling on the dash of the car. Then he turned and said: “Huh, did you say something.”
“Elvis, when you start acting, will you keep the sideburns?” (The side burns come down below his ears).
“Oh, I don’t know, it depends on what type part they put me in. You know, I’m supposed to do ‘Billy the Kid’ pretty soon.”
“But Elvis, ‘Billy the Kid’ has been done to the ground.”
“Yeah, I know, but this time it will be different.” The way he says “different” it really will be.
“Elvis, will you sing in your first movie?”
“No, honey, sure won’t. Going to be in it with Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, and I won’t sing. I don’t want to, I want to be an actor.”
Then he turns and stares into the crowd again, listens to one of the other entertainers singing and grins slowly.
“But Elvis, have you thought how unhappy all these girls are going to be if you stop singing?”
“Huh, what was that? Oh, I’ll never stop singing, honey, never.”
He was beginning to make me wonder if I knew what I was talking about, so I changed the subject:
“Elvis, I hear you walk in your sleep.”
“Well, I have nightmares.”
“What kind?”
“I dream I’m about to fight somebody or about to be in a car wreck or that I’m breaking things. Know what
I mean, honey?” (I don’t have any idea what he means).
“Where are you from?”
“From Memphis, Tenn.”
“Oh, yes, that’s where all the hillbilly singers come from, isn’t it?”
“Maybe so, but I’m no hillbilly singer.”
“Well, have you typed yourself. . . I mean your type of singing?”
“No, I don’t dare.”
“Cause I’m scared, know what I mean, honey? Real scared.”
“What of?”
“I don’t know. . . I don’t know. Know what I mean, honey?”
At this point I thanked him for his time and started to make a beeline for the door. He grabbed my hand, sat there looking sleepy-eyed into my face and fanned his long lashes while he said:
“Write me up good, will you, honey?”
And he drove out to meet the hysterical adoration of young girls and boys whose emotions he has found are easy to stir up with a song.

The Waco News-Tribune, April 19, 1956 courtesy West Waco Library & Genealogy Ctr.

Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, I Got A Woman, Baby Lets Play House, Blue Suede Shoes, Money Honey and Only You.
Other Acts were Hank Locklin, Wanda Jackson and Rudy Grayzell
Engagement – Tour Ref: 1956
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Show type: Pics: Ads:
Info April 17 1956 Heart O Texas Coliseum Waco TX (8:00 PM) 4000 Texas Tour Yes



Patti Page released the single “Old Cape Cod.”

At Master Recorders in Hollywood, Ricky Nelson recorded “Poor Little Fool.” The Jordanaires overdubbed background vocals for the track on April 28.


Military service  Fort Hood in Texas. After being assigned to Company A of the Third Armored Division’s 1st Medium Tank Battalion.

Military Service in Germany

Rock and Roll pioneer Eddie Cochran was just 21 years old when he was killed after the taxi in which he was riding blew a tire, then hit a lamp post. Cochran enjoyed hits with “Summertime Blues”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Sittin’ in the Balcony”.
Gene Vincent, who recorded “Be Bop A Lula” in 1956, would have a limp for the rest of his life from his injury. Cochran’s fiancee, Sharon Sheeley, survived the crash . Their touring mate,Freddy Cannon, was supposed to be with them, but was running late and took another cab.
The cab driver was convicted of dangerous driving, fined, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.
Elvis and Anita attended Easter service at the First Assembly of God Church but were forced to leave when their presence caused a disruption.


This was the last day of location shooting in Hawaii for Blue Hawaii – Hal Wallis and Elvis
Elvis and Producer Hal. B Wallis in april 17 1961 on the movie set Blue Hawaii .
Col Parker, Wallis and Elvis
Colonel Parker chatting with Elvis and Producer Hal. B Wallis in april 17 1961 on the movie set Blue Hawaii .


Girls! Girls! Girls! 

Elvis hosted a party at Graceland and ordered 80 Tasty Dogs and 115 Cokes.


Washington’s FBI lab reported it could not determine the lyrics to “Louie Louie.”



RCA and LearJet Corporation announce the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that will become available in next Fall’s new cars.

Harum Scarum 






Live a Little, Love a Little 


Change of Habit 


Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, officially ending his days with The Beatles, just as the group’s single “Let It Be” reached #1 in America

Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Nixon asked him to sing “Okie From Muskogee,” apparently confusing him with Merle Haggard. Cash sang his own recent hit “A Boy Named Sue” instead. June Carter and the Statler Brothers also performed.


Three Dog Night‘s “Joy to the World” hit the top of the US singles chart for a six week stay. It made #24 in the UK. The record became the best selling song of the year in the US, beating out Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”. Hoyt Axton, son of “Heartbreak Hotel” author, Mae Axton, wrote the so

All four former Beatles have solo singles on the UK chart: Paul McCartney: “Another Day”, Ringo Starr: “It Don’t Come Easy”, John Lennon, “Power To The People” and George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord”.


Elton John released the single “Rocket Man.”

Elvis performed at the T.H. Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Elvis on Tour 

Jackie Kahane Warm Up Act / 2001 Theme / C. C. Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You Gave Me A Mountain/Until It’s Time For You To Go / Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / How Great Thou Art / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Love Me Tender / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / For The Good Times / American Trilogy / Funny How Times Slip Away / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

Indie label releases of this concert include “He Broke my Guitar”, “The Grand Return to Little Rock” And “An Unforgettable Night in Little Rock”

Engagement – Tour Ref: On Tour number 5 – April 5th – April 19th 1972
Info: Date: Venue: Location: Showtime: Crowd: Suit: Belt: Musicians: Pics: CD: CDR:
Info April 17 1972 T.H. Barton Coliseum Little Rock AR (8:30 pm) 10000 Red Pinwheel Gold Attendance belt Yes Yes Yes
Pink Floyd receives a Gold Record for “The Dark Side of the Moon”, one of Rock’s landmark albums. The LP remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history and has sold an estimated 45 million copies.
Elvis spent 3 days rehearsing at RCA’s Studio C.


Elvis purchased a Convair 880 jet from Delta for $250,000. The plane was called the Lisa Marie.





Caveman,” starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford, and Barbara Bach (who married Ringo ten days later), opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.


Johnny Cash hosted NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”


“The Very Best of the Everly Brothers” album was certified Gold.


At the OK Hotel in Seattle, Nirvana gave their first public performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”


Cleveland’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.


The annual independent music retailer celebration called Record Store Day spurred sales of 521,000 vinyl albums according to Nielsen Music. Vinyl album sales in 2016 stood at 4.09 million, which accounted for 6.6 percent of all album sales. .




reference sites:





http://www.elvisrecordings.com/  Master and Sessions

The Elvis Presley Record Research Database





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